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FrackingSENSE: What we know, don’t know, and hope to learn about natural gas development

What would you like to know about fracking? The FrackingSENSE lecture series gets at "what we know, what we don’t know, and what we hope to learn about natural gas development."

Speakers include energy experts, scientists, politicians, and social thinkers. Each subject expert provides a measured exploration of this controversial topic, acknowledging areas of uncertainty and emphasizing open questions that require careful deliberation.

The series is hosted by the Center of the American West, the AirWaterGas Research Network, CU Continuing Education, and Boulder County, and moderated by noted Western historian Patty Limerick. The series provides a science-based framework for understanding and evaluating the effects—environmental, economic, and social—of fracking.

Videos include

  • "What we know and don't know about the risks of oil and natural gas development on water quality," by Joe Ryan, professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering at CU–Boulder.
  • "Atmospheric perspectives on oil and gas operations, part 1," by Jana Milford, professor of mechanical engineering at CU–Boulder.
  • "Atmospheric perspectives on oil and gas operations, part 2," by Gabrielle Pétron, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • "Frackonomics: Economic observations of hydraulic fracturing," by Nicholas E. Flores, professor of economics at CU–Boulder.

You can download podcasts of the entire series from the Center of the American West web site.

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